ACTNews, BANDA ACEH – In Aceh, ahead of Maghrib prayer time under unfavorable weather in mid-August, a mother and her daughter were still sitting at the roadside. They sat by a motorbike with a selling basket and a small banner as a sign. One in a while, the mother took a glimpse at passing vehicles, hoping that one or two would pull over to buy her Aceh specialty snack called timphan. Nurmis didn’t sell that much, only less than 10 boxes. However, it still couldn’t sell out until late in the evening.
Nurmis came from Gampong Lampeunurut, Ujong Blang, Aceh Besar. Every 3 p.m, she brings her merchandise to Ulee Lheu, a traffic lane that is busy with passersby and passing vehicles. Nurmis has 4 children, where the first child is still in elementary school. Nurmis helps her husband to make a living by selling timphan since her husband only works as a construction worker who recently rarely gets a job. She also has to support her mother-in-law who is sick and requires a lot of money for medical treatment.
Nurmis cooked her merchandise by herself. She only produces 10 boxes of timphan per day which is sold for IDR 15 thousand per box. During this pandemic, Nurmis worries if she produces a lot of timphan she might not be able to sell them out and get scammed by fake orders.
When ACT team bought up Nurmis’ merchandise and gave additional capital to her, she couldn’t hide her happiness.
“Alhamdulillah, I can pay my child’s preschool tuition. Oh Allah, thank you so much,” said Nurmis, sobbing.
Buying up MSME merchandise is an ACT’s program as a solution to assist MSME’s difficulties during the pandemic. The program targets small and micro underprivileged business owners who lack buyers.
“All of the purchased merchandise is immediately distributed to the people in need for free. Therefore, goodness can continue flowing to a lot of people,” said Rikar Maulana from ACT Aceh Program Team.